09/10/2014 Jerry's Enterprises, Inc. notified the Union by fax this morning that it will be closing its Rainbow Foods store located at 1660 S. Robert Street in West St. Paul. The Company anticipates that members will be separted from employment on November 9, 2014 or during a 14-day period that begins on that date. Members who are affected by the closure are encouraged to attend the Dislocated Workers Meeting tomorrow - September 11, 2014 10:00 am or 1:00 pm at the Union Hall to receive information and assistance in their job searches.
On April 20, 2017 the UFCW Union committee and negotiating team met with the company for the first scheduled bargaining meeting. The first set of meetings started off with a round of introductions before each party explained their proposal. The Union proposal, which was derived from a combination of best practices, WFC surveys and results from listening sessions was presented item by item to the company.
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Valley View Nursing home negotiations began on a tense note.
The proposal presented by the Union was based on the results of survey sent to the membership and reflected the need to increase compensation and incentives in order to keep up with the cost of living and staff the building.
Our retail bargaining committee spent a full day on Wednesday, September 3 in a bargaining session with all of our major retail employers. The day was spent entirely on health care and how to maintain coverage for the vast majority of our members. We reached a “conceptual agreement” on how to determine members' eligibility for our current health plan. This agreement has many details to work out, but the day resulted in significant progress toward reaching an agreement.
On August 26, 2014 the negotiating committee met with the Employer. Proposals from both the Union and Employer were discussed along with employee concerns and safety issues. Negotiations have been scheduled for September 16, 2014. Your negotiating commtitee members are Alex Campbell-Witt, Cheryl Olsen, Linda Tainter, Lisa Waadevig and Union Representative Mike Dreyer.
Additional sessions will be held on September 11 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. The first meetings for dislocated Rainbow Foods employees (held on Thursday, August 21) had low attendance due to short notice. Former Rainbow employees on The Planning and Selection Committee wanted to get the process going as soon as possible and while some folks received the notices late, many members were able to get started in planning for their new careers. With that in mind, we have scheduled another day of orientation meetings that will give much more advanced notice to Rainbow Foods dislocated workers.